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A pharmacy worker who sold prescription medication worth more than £2million to drug dealers was yesterday jailed for six years.
David Ihenagwa, 40, used his position as a medicines purchaser at his mother’s ‘respected’ high street pharmacy to buy more than 1.65 million highly-addictive Class B and Class C pills.
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His buyers collected the painkillers and sleeping pills by the van-load and paid in cash.
Married father-of-three Ihenagwa was described as the ‘lynchpin’ of an operation exploiting a trend among young people to dabble in prescription-only medication.
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His conviction is the first following a crackdown by the government’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency [MHRA].
In 2018 the Daily Mail told how pharmacists and wholesalers were working with criminal gangs to sell dangerous drugs to youngsters. Last year, this newspaper revealed that 50 pharmacies across Britain were under investigation and 86 people, including 14 pharmacists, had been arrested. Croydon Crown Court heard yesterday how Ihenagwa purchased pills to sell to a mystery third party who picked them from Norlington Chemist in east London.
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